Enforcement

Enforcement
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Local councils are the authority responsible for implementing the Companion Animals legislation. Read about Council's responsibilities. Fines Penalties canterbury bankstown Local councils are the authority responsible for implementing the Companion Animals legislation. Under the legislation, we have a range of responsibilities, including enforcement.


​​​​​​Council is responsible for implementing the Companion Animals Act legislation. ​We have a range of responsibilities, including enforcement.​

We give enforcement powers to Rangers or Animal Control Officers. They have power to:​

  • Request the names and addresses of people who are suspected to have breached the Companion Animals Act;
  • Issue on the spot penalties for some offences, such as failure to dispose of dog droppings;
  • Seize an animal which is stray, or to prevent injury to a person or another animal or damage to property;
  • Issue nuisance orders, which require the ow​ne​r of a dog or cat to stop the animal from causing a particular nuisance;
  • Enter private property to remove a dog or cat which has attacked a person or animal, under certain circumstances;
  • Destroy an animal which has attacked a person or animal; and ​
  • Stop an animal which is attacking or harassing animals in a wildlife protection area or on enclosed lands.